The Young Fellows Club of Weyburn (YFCW) has announced they are putting $100,000 towards the Weyburn Community Theatre. 

Weyburn has been without a theatre since the Soo Theatre operated by Landmark Cinemas was closed permanently in January of 2018. This closure has left a hole in our community.

"The lack of a movie theater provides many challenges to our community. It deprives us of a space to come together and experience the arts and culture in the form of cinema. It’s an amenity that people look for when considering where to live. It’s a form of entertainment that we lack to help draw smaller local communities to our city and provide our residents an option for their entertainment needs that won’t require them to travel to another city," shared a press release from the YFCW.

President of the YFCW, Chad Bailey, said they had been doing a lot of fundraising in recent years and have been looking to give out some larger donations within the community.

"The Weyburn [Community] Theatre Cooperative group reached out to us regarding this, and it wasn't an easy decision for us, but after we talked about it and everything and worked it all out, it ended up being a unanimous decision on the club's behalf, to support this," he noted. 

He said that since the announcement yesterday, they have received feedback from the community. 

"It's just something that was wanted, that is needed, so we thought this was a great way to as we do is give back to our community."

The details regarding the Party Room are still up in the air, but Bailey said the WCTC is working closely with their group on the design.

"Essentially we basically got the naming rights to the room," he stated. "It's a room for activities to take place for wind, ups, for birthdays, etc, all while being able to be at the movie theatre and watch movies."

The YFCW’s bylaws set out the ultimate objective of the club which is, "to promote the spirit of fraternalism amongst its members, to develop its members for better citizenship, and to contribute in any way to the betterment of the public welfare."

Helping to get a new theatre up and running as a cooperative aligns with the club's ultimate objective. It’s a place for us all to come together and enjoy a movie, it promotes the spirit of fraternalism within our community as a whole, and improves the public welfare.

This sponsorship is for the WTCSC’s Party Room and completes another Pillar Contribution for the group. The Party Room will be located inside of the new movie theater complex and available for events such as birthday parties, sports team wind-ups, and a variety of other small group activities.

"The Young Fellows are one of the longest-standing non-profit service clubs in Weyburn, with over 100 years of history. We are thankful for their partnership and thrilled they share our vision of a revitalized downtown through the addition of a brand-new, two-screen movie theatre. This sponsorship takes us one step closer to our goal of bringing the movies back to Weyburn," said Sean Purdue, Treasurer of the Theatre Cooperative.

The Young Fellows Club of Weyburn is proud to announce its sponsorship of the Weyburn Theatre Community Service Cooperative to construct a new, state-of-the-art, movie theater in Weyburn.